Sunday, December 10, 2017 11:00 a.m. Portland, ME

Tell your friends we still have opportunities for volunteers on race day 12/10! Sign up here!

Packet Pick-Up: Saturday 12/9, 10:00am-2pm at Fleet Feet Maine Running 309 Marginal Way OR Sunday 12/10, before the race, 9:30-10:45am at RiRa Irish Pub at 72 Commercial Street

*We strongly recommend picking up your packet on Saturday if possible. Skip the crowds!

The Course -click here for course map

Runners assemble on the Eastern Promenade Trail between Ocean Gateway and the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad. The course heads down the trail toward Back Cove and turns around at the intersection of the Eastern Promenade Trail, Back Cove Trail, Bayside Trail & Loring Memorial Steps.
Start and finish lines: On the Eastern Promenade Trail in front of the Narrow Gauge Railroad. We will start promptly at 11am.
Bib Transfer: You may transfer your bib until Thursday, December 8 at noon. Please email with your old participant’s name, and the new participants’ name, age, gender, birthday, emergency contact information, email and address to complete transfer.
Bathrooms: RiRa Irish Pub provides bathrooms.
Water: Water stop at the half-way point, located at the intersection of the Eastern Promenade Trail, Back Cove Trail, Bayside Trail & Loring Memorial Stairs. Bottled water will be available at the finish line
Parking: Free street parking can be found near the race start. There is also parking in the Casco Bay Garage, 56 Commercial Street (this garage is paid parking only). There is no parking allowed in the dirt lots near the race start. We encourage local folks to walk, run, bus, or bike downtown!
Race beanies: New this year, instead of t-shirts, all runners get a complimentary Holiday Dash winter hat! Fun and festive and very useful. One size fits all!
Timing and Results: Timing by Split Time Race Management
Awards: Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, and the top Portland Trails member, male and female.
Race photos: Maine Running Photos, and Maine Magazine.


All racers get 1 drink ticket and access to buffet brunch at RiRa Irish Pub. Make sure you have your ID if you want to drink. We can check it before or after the race at the pub. Show your race bib for brunch. Your drink ticket will get you one beer from any of the following sponsor brewers: Allagash, Shipyard, Rising Tide, Sam Adams, or Guinness.

Spectators are allowed in to RiRa Irish Pub (if fire capacity has not been reached), but the brunch buffet is for RUNNERS ONLY. If spectators want to eat or drink, they can order from the restaurant menu, or purchase buffet tickets for $15 per person.

Toys for Tots: We will be collecting unwrapped toys at RiRa for Toys for Tots. Please note that we can no longer provide a drink ticket in exchange for a donated toy. (per the State Liquor License Inspector). But we encourage your holiday spirit and generosity all the same!

Thanks to our sponsors!

RiRa Irish Pub
Spinnaker Trust
Norway Savings
The Maine Magzine
Diversified Communications
DOMAINE-Keller Williams

Beer sponsors

Rising Tide Brewing Company
Allagash Brewing Company
Shipyard Brewing Company
Samuel Adams